Running Start for School

Running Start for School LogoGet a Running Start for School!

In these tough economic times, many families that live in Olmsted County struggle to purchase school supplies for their children. Running Start for School helps ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies to students most in need.

Some schools are starting early this year and over 8,000 students in Olmsted County may need our help with getting a backpack and school supplies for school year 2015/2016!

Kick Off

Join us at Thursdays on 1st and 3rd on June 4th from 2:30 pm - 9:00 pm as we KICK OFF Running Start 2015. Learn how you can volunteer, be a collection partner or donate to help students in need!

Volunteer - updated on or before June 1

We need volunteers  to help with our Kick Off on June 4, people to participate on July 7 and 14  in our Terraloco 5k walk/run, Stuff the Bus on July 17 and 18, supplies inventory, kits assembly and distribution of school supplies to students at Longfellow elementary school, Byron Public Schools, Stewartville Public Schools, Rochester Math and Science Academy, Rochester STEM School, Rochester Public Schools, Pine Island Public Schools and Stewartville Public Schools!

Sign up today to volunteer - coming soon!

Collection Partners for Backpacks and School Supplies

  • Pick up a collection bin and help us collect backpacks and school supplies June 1 - July 24!
  • Share our website on Facebook and Twitter:
  • Print off posters and shopping lists to give to friends!
  • Email or call 507-529-5303 for more information or if you want to help.

Stuff the Bus

Help with Running Start and abc 6 news Stuff the Bus on July 17 and 18 at Wal-Mart North and Wal-Mart South! All school supplies collected will be used for Running Start for School intiative.

2015 Champions

Thanks to our many champions who help make Running Start for School successful, including Y-105 and Townsquare Media and all of our collection partners!

Eligibility for Supplies and Distribution

To get free Running Start school supplies, your family must be eligible for free or reduced lunch. Learn if your child is eligible to receive Running Start for School supplies. For more information about Running Start, email or call 507-529-5303.